2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan vs. 2019 Jaguar XJ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The rear seatbelts optional on the E-Class Sedan inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The XJ doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the E-Class Sedan and the XJ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the E-Class Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 28 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XJ has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the E-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the E-Class Sedan’s reliability 50 points higher than the XJ.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 56 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in reliability. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the AMG E 53 Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the XJ AWD (21 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the E 450 4MATIC Sedan 4MATIC gets better fuel mileage than the XJ AWD (20 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/26 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the E-Class Sedan 53 AMG’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XJ doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XJ.

Brakes and Stopping

The E-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the XJ:

 

E-Class

XJ

 

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

159 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the E-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XJ doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The E-Class Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XJ’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The E-Class Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The XJ doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the XJL Portfolio pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the XJL Portfolio (25.1 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 26.4 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the E-Class Sedan’s turning circle is tighter than the XJ’s:

 

E-Class Sedan

XJ

SWB Sedan

39 feet

39 feet

AWDSWB Sedan

39 feet

40.7 feet

Chassis

The E-Class Sedan is 8.2 inches shorter than the XJ, making the E-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the E 300 Sedan 4MATIC is quieter than the XJ Supercharged (38 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

The E-Class Sedan has .2 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the XJ.

Cargo Capacity

The E-Class Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The XJ doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the E-Class Sedan’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The XJ doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 27% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 15th.

Ergonomics

The E-Class Sedan offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The XJ doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Sedan to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The XJ doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the E-Class Sedan has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The XJ doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the E-Class Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The XJ doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The E-Class Sedan offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XJ doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Jaguar XJ isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The E-Class was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The XJ has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Jaguar XJ by almost 24 to one during the 2018 model year.

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